With Ramadan approaching, many Muslims are getting ready for a month of fasting and special prayers. Since Ramadan falls primarily during the month of June this year, those observing can expect long days of fasting. During the warmer days, it can be hard to retain your energy, especially during long work hours.
Here Salima Jivraj, Halal Foodie expert and someone who observes Ramadan, shares her advice for staying energized during the long workday.
Stay hydrated. During the Suhoor and Iftar meals, it’s important to drink as much water as possible to keep your body hydrated. During the Suhoor meal, you can also eat salads that have a high water content, like a cucumber or tomato salad that will keep you feeling refreshed throughout the day.
Protein and fibre in the morning. During the Suhoor meal, it’s important to consume foods that are high in fibre, since this keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. This includes whole grains, oats, beans and lentils. One of our family favourites is a chicken curry made using mixed lentils, Arz fava beans and chickpeas that you can find at the Real Canadian Superstore with the rest of your groceries at super prices. Don’t forget the eggs during this meal to give you extra protein.
Don’t over-exert yourself. If you exercise, Jivraj recommends shortening the time to save energy and making up for it after your evening meal. She also says to consider exercising indoors on particularly hot and sunny days to avoid feeling dehydrated.
Include more fruits during Iftar. Although this meal happens after the workday is done, Jivraj stresses the importance of balancing your meals to avoid feeling bloated. Since it’s customary to break your fast with dates, she suggests consuming a fruit salad during this time as well. Try waiting a while before having the final heavier evening meal so as not to have an upset stomach overnight.